2013 $50 Weekly Menu Plan Week #35


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2013 $50 Weekly Menu Plan Week#35: The farmers market always seems to offer the best deals towards the end of August. If we hadn’t already canned 50+ pints of tomatoes, I’d have probably bought several bushels of fresh tomatoes, as they were only $4 per 25# box. Total spent this week was $18.85 and we purchased the following . . .

Artisan lettuce, celery, cucumber, cottage cheese, 3 packages of Turkey bacon marked on clearance for $1.50 each, Rotini Pasta, bananas, Musk Mellon, Honeydew melon, fresh spinach, broccoli

Things from the garden: Carrots, jalapeno peppers, green peppers, tomatoes

Breakfast Options for this week:

With school back in session the kids have been taking wraps filled with various leftovers, as well as egg salad, chicken salad, or tuna salad. Sometimes they eat a fairly larger breakfast of eggs & veggies, other times they just grab fruit and a hard boiled egg and head out the door.

MondayAugust 26th:

Tuesday 27th:

Wednesday 28th:

Thursday August 29th:

  • Lunch: Cottage Cheese Stuffed Tomatoes
  • Dinner: Sloppy Joes (using Turkey Burger), Salad

Friday August 30th:

Saturday August 31st:We’re spending the day crabbing and then getting together for a Crab Feast! Leftovers will be frozen for later meals.

  • Midday Get together with Friends/Family: Steamed Blue Crabs, Pasta Salad

Sunday August 31th:

  • Lunch: Crab Salad Wraps or Ocean Wiggle
  • Dinner:Montreal Grilled Chicken, Garlic Smashed Potatoes, Salad

Various Snacks:

Drinks Available:* Iced Tea (Unsweetened or Sweet Tea)
* Coffee
* Hot Chocolate/Cocoa
* Iced Coffee Drinks
* Almond Milk
* Lemonade

Less Likely to be used, but still available:
* Copycat Gatorade
* CopyCat Arizona Green Tea

FYI:We raise our own chickens for the eggs and currently get 2-3 dozen per day, which we frequently give away, share with friends, neighbors and occasionally trade for other items, particularly during canning season. We cook them in a variety of ways and this perfect protein is healthy, lower in cholesterol than store bought eggs and raising chickens costs less per week than purchasing a single dozen eggs at the store.

For Further reading/help we recommend the following:

  • August Sales Trends-not sure what Should be on sale right now? Here is a list of the current Sales trends throughout the month of August, so you know what savings to expect and look forward to.

  • The 2012 Family Guide to Groceries under $250 a Month– a guide of how and where to cut grocery expenses to get spending under control while providing an eye-opening view of the dirty manipulation tactics retailers use to keep you spending.

  • $50 Weekly Menu Plan Help across the USADo you find yourself struggling to reduce your grocery bill each month? Check out our Menu plan help across the USA to see if your area has been featured for more 1-on-1 help, if not, feel free to add your request to have your city/state featured.

  • Making Fruits & Veggies Last: At the beginning of each week we prepare the vegetables and fruits to make meal preparation easier during the week and to save money by preventing waste. You can read more about that here.

  • $50 Dollar Menu Frequently Asked Questions– There are certain questions that seem to pop up again and again, so rather than be redundant and repeat answers, we’ve put them all in one convenient place for you!

    • Basic Questions Why we don’t provide a shopping list, Random ingredients that aren’t in the shopping list, are groceries cheaper , etc
    • More Questions– more in depth questions regarding dietary guidelines, dealing with picky eaters, junk food and more

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Filled with an insatiable wanderlust to see the world, I've dedicated most of my life to saving money where I can so I can afford to see and do the things I want. I dug our family out of debt by reducing our grocery expense to less than $300 a month. You can too!


  1. Man, I wish we could buy tomatoes for that cheap. They’re 4-5 bucks/lb here in Alaska at the farmers markets. People are really proud of what they grow, and the farmers markets are even pricier than the supermarket. But any veggies we get up here are picked green and ‘ripened’ either with age on the boat up, or in a CO2 chamber.

  2. Thank you for sharing your grocery plan!! We’re on a pretty strict budget, with 6 people in the house and only 1 income, but we’re constantly going over our $180/week grocery budget! I found your site last week and sat the family down for a meeting to announce that things are going to change around here. This week we spent less than $100 on our groceries, which is a huge savings for us!

    :stars: We’re also looking into maybe getting some chickens down the road, and some goats.

  3. Hi Liss,
    I was wondering if you make you own wraps all the time. I tried making them and , well , they weren’t like what you would buy in the grocery store. Help!

    • Hi Liss,
      I was wondering if you make you own wraps all the time. I tried making them and , well , they weren’t like what you would buy in the grocery store. Help!

      Hmm.. how did they come out? Are they less flexible, or dry or greasy or … ..

      what would you say is the texture?

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